Real Life | Post Road-Trip Reflecting

It turns out that I'm more tired and worn a little thinner than I thought. Something about being with my boys from sunrise till sunset, then sleeping sandwiched among them all night under the stars. We drove many miles and ate at many Taco Bells together.

We made use of the laundromat in Hollister, CA. Used seven tokens for showers at North Beach Campground. Climbed through the Bear Gulch Cave in Pinnacles National Park. Ate doughnuts for breakfast. Ran from waves in Santa Cruz. Ate local strawberries in Oceano. Camped among the redwoods in the Marin Headlands. Drove through snow not far from Crater Lake on our way home.

And reading all that as I type, I think -- wow, how glamorous. What an awesome trip! Even looking back on the photos, I think -- nice travels, fun stuff! But there was a lot of stress en route. Whining children who didn't want to walk another step and hungry little people who would ONLY eat fruit snacks. Last minute decisions to take ferries and constantly filling gas tanks. The photos tell half the story.

I want to take the time to tell the rest of it. But it's already past my bedtime. I'll be back. In the meantime, here are a sampling of photos from our return trip.